16-year-old charged with killing man at Morse Red Line while on probation for robbery

A 16-year-old convicted as a juvenile last year of robbery and illegal gun possession is now charged as an adult with fatally shooting a man outside the Morse Red Line station in September.

Dylan Young was ordered held without bail by Judge Mary Marubio after prosecutors detailed first-degree murder allegations against him Friday afternoon.

Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said CTA surveillance video shows the victim, 26-year-old Joel Jenkins, and a witness walking to the train station and stopping just short of the doors at 6:12 p.m. September 17.

As Jenkins and the witness look through a bag, Young is seen getting out of an SUV, walking down the street, pulling out a gun, and shooting Jenkins as he looked up from the bag, Murphy said.

Police responded quickly and briefly pursued the SUV that Young fled in, but officers terminated the chase due to safety concerns, according to Murphy. Cops recovered six shell casings at the murder scene.

“Very clear” surveillance video shows Young wearing distinctive jeans, identifiable shoes, and a COVID mask with the word “Chicago” on it, Murphy said. Young’s face is also seen clearly in the footage, he alleged.

According to Murphy, two weeks after the shooting, police arrested Young for illegally carrying a handgun with an extended ammunition magazine. He was wearing the same shoes and possibly the same pants as Jenkins’ killer when cops took him into custody, Murphy told the judge. But the gun was a different caliber from the murder weapon.

Young’s cellphone data allegedly put him near the Morse Red Line station at the time of the murder. Facebook photos show Young wearing the same sweatshirt worn by the murderer as well as a “Chicago” COVID mask, Murphy said. His own mother identified him in still photos from the murder video, Murphy added.

Police arrested Young at his grandmother’s West Ridge home, where he was on electronic monitoring.

According to Murphy, Young received a “time considered serve” sentence for possession of a stolen motor vehicle as a juvenile in 2019. Last year, he was given two years juvenile probation for robbery in June and was given a sentence of time served on the gun case in December, Murphy said.

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